Kyle Westphal, child. (Photo : Wavelength Productions, Inc.)
Kyle Westphal, fashion designer. (Photo : Wavelength Productions, Inc.)

By Mabel Pais

Honoring July as Disability Pride Month, we have ‘Let Me Be Me.’

“This movie is heartbreaking and hopeful, it really resonated with our family.” – Amy Schumer


DIRS: Dan Crane & Katie Taber l USA l 2022 l DOC l 1h 16m

When the Westphal family learned that their 6-year-old Kyle was on the Autism spectrum, they feared they might never develop a real connection to their child. Withdrawn and constantly wrapping himself in fabric and blankets, Kyle was retreating from the world around him. Determined to find a way to connect, his parents embarked on an intense and radical journey which involved compassionately joining Kyle in his unique behaviors. Twenty years later, the entire family looks back at Kyle’s journey with candor and humor. ”Let Me Be Me’ reveals what happens when a boy who used fabric as his shield to hide himself grows up to become a fashion designer, forging connections with friends and family along the way.

(Mabel Pais writes on The Arts and Entertainment, Social Issues, Health & Wellness, Cuisine and Spirituality)

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